«El Ministro galés Stephen Crabb da la bienvenida a la creación de 250 puestos de trabajo en una nueva planta de fabricación de vehículos militares
21:16, 02 DE SEPTIEMBRE POR MARTIN SHIPTON
Dijo que Gales jugará un «papel vital» en mantener soldados seguros en el campo
Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has welcomed the creation of 250 jobs at a new manufacturing plant for military vehicles in Merthyr Tydfil.
In July, the Prime Minister announced that General Dynamics had won a support contract for Scout Specialist Vehicles.
Along with a £3.5bn deal last year to manufacture 589 armoured vehicles, sufficient new work is available to justify the firm’s investment in the new facility.
‘Vital role in keeping soldiers safe in the field’
Mr Crabb, who was visiting the company’s existing site in Blackwood, said: “The substantial investment announced by the Prime Minister earlier this year is a clear example of this Government’s determination to rebalance the economy and strengthen every part of the UK.
“Thanks to companies like General Dynamics producing world leading secure communications equipment and state of the art armoured vehicles, Wales will continue to play a vital role in keeping British soldiers safe in the field.
“Wales’ growing reputation for harnessing innovation and manufacturing cutting edge products further demonstrates why our country is such a great place to do business.”
Mr Crabb said the UK Government and the Welsh Government had worked with the company to ensure that assembly and testing jobs for the project were brought back from Spain.
‘South Wales success story’
Asked whether any financial inducements had been offered to the company, he said: “It was part of the normal contractual process”.
He said he was sure there were skilled workers available in the area to take some of the jobs “If you walk around General Dynamics’ existing plant you will find local workers and some who have travelled into the area. I expect that will be the case in the new facility.”
Business Minister Anna Soubry, who accompanied Mr Crabb on his visit to South Wales, said: “General Dynamics UK is a South Wales success story. The company are enjoying success with the Scout Specialist Vehicle and are constantly investing in innovation, research and new ideas so that they develop the products of the future – products that can bring new growth opportunities and jobs to Wales.
“Wales is an important hub of high skilled manufacturing and we will continue to back it as part of our drive to rebalance the economy.” «